Did you hear?... Voluntary product recall for Wenzel propane-fueled camping lanterns

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is working with Wenzel, Co., of St. Louis, Miss., to remind consumers about a voluntary product recall for 290,000 propane-fueled camping lanterns.
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The Consumer Product Safety Commission is working with Wenzel, Co., of St. Louis, Miss., to remind consumers about a voluntary product recall for 290,000 propane-fueled camping lanterns -- the lantern recall was originally announced on Aug. 28, 2001. The models involved are the Ozark Trail 824927 and 824928, and Wenzel 824208, 824226, 824227, and 824401 -- model numbers appear on the box in which the lantern came. Wal-Mart sold the lanterns nationwide under the "Ozark Trail" label from March 1999 through August 2001 for about $18. Sporting goods, camping equipment, and other retail stores nationwide sold these lanterns under the "Wenzel" brand from January 1999 through August 2001 for between $18 and $28. The problem is an insufficient connection between the lantern and the propane cylinder can allow gas to escape and ignite unexpectedly, posing a potential fire and injury hazard to consumers. This hazard can occur during the lighting or normal use of the lantern. Wenzel has received 12 reports of propane gas escaping from these lanterns and igniting unexpectedly. Two consumers sustained burns to the arm and hand. One of the consumers also suffered burns to the eye. To view a picture of the recalled product(s) or read the release on CPSC's web site, click on: www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02132.html

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